Hitting the open road and exploring popular areas of North America could be the next great vacation for you and your family. Although traveling can get expensive, especially to peak tourist attractions, consider traveling by RV (recreational vehicle) for your dream vacation at a fraction of the price.
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Why travel by RV?
Traveling by RV increases the flexibility of your trip, saves you money, and simplifies many aspects of traveling that are normally a hassle. Since RV’s are self-contained (self-generated electricity, water, and sewer tanks), this means you are not reliant on the availability of toilet facilities in order to overnight park, which allows you the freedom to park almost anywhere, unlike most campers or tenting.
RV’s quickly prove their worth with the amount you’ll save in nightly accommodation fees and costs of meals since you’ll be able to buy groceries like normal with proper kitchen necessities on hand. RV and campground parks are typically cheaper than hotels will be per night and there are plenty of options in desirable areas. Another benefit of having an RV as your mode of transportation, kitchen, and bedroom is that you never have to pack or unpack! You’ll have everything you need including snacks, toys, entertainment, and bathroom all in one spot. Traveling in an RV ensures you’ll have less stops while en route to the beautiful landmarks you’ve chosen to explore and more time making memories with your family.
Where to Travel
1. Redwood National and State Parks, California
Groves of gigantic redwoods are an otherworldly environment that any family should visit while in California. To road trip to these giants of the forest, start in San Francisco and see some city sights, then head north along the scenic highway to the Redwood National and State Park. A worthwhile stop on your way to or from the redwoods is a deviation to Napa Valley. Rent some bikes to cycle around the gorgeous wine country, grabbing a bottle or two of vino for the road. Once you’re in redwood country, there’s plenty of beach coastline and incredible forests to explore, including the other nearby parks like Six Rivers National Forest and Klamath National Forest, keeping your family in constant entertainment. Try staying in the Azalea Glen RV Park Campground, located in a tranquil forest setting with friendly hosts, clean facilities, fire pits, picnic tables, a playground, and a pond nearby.
2. Disney World, Florida
For a one of a kind overnight experience in Disney World, considerstaying within the park boundaries at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. With over 750 acres of pine and cypress forest, this magical overnight will create unforgettable memories for your kids while they explore the woodland trails, roaming animals, and pool facilities complete with waterslides. There are a variety of other recreational activities like horseback riding, wagon rides, Chip ‘N’ Dale Campfire Sing-A-Longs, fishing, bike rentals, watercraft rentals, playgrounds, and more. An added bonus to staying in one of the park-hosted facilities is getting to take advantage of free access to other transportation options within the park, avoiding the need to rent a car to get around otherwise.
3. Acadia National Park, Maine
One of the best places to stay near Acadia National Park is the well-established Smuggler’s Den Campground, a friendly family-run campsite since 1969. The site is pet-friendly, clean and has well-kept facilities, and includes a heated pool. From this location, you’re strategically located to explore the park at length, as well as the surrounding wild coastline of Maine. There’s even an Acadia Junior Ranger Program that children 6-12 years old can participate in for fun activities and engagement with nature. Check out the city of Portland on your way north to the park, stop off in L.L. Bean or Timberland outlet stores for some superior outdoor gear shopping. Finally, don’t forget to have an authentic, fresh Maine lobster dinner while you’re in the area.
4. Banff National Park, Canada
Take your family on an international road trip and into some of Canada’s most beautiful landscapes of Banff National Park. A recommended campground is Two Jack Lakeside Campground, which is a lakeside site with adequate washrooms and plenty of picnic shelters for outdoor eating. From this incredibly beautiful setting, there’s plenty of nearby hikes and pristine nature to enjoy as a family, such as Moraine Lake, natural springs in a cave and outdoor pool at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, and Peyto Lake. The opportunities to embrace nature as a family are endless.
5. Whistler, Canada
Whistler encompasses a vast area on the west coast of Canada with plenty of adventures on which to capitalize. Park your family RV in the Whistler RV Park and Campgrounds for a scenic spot close to the most important part of Whistler: the nature trails. Surrounded by the alpine forests of the Coast Mountain range, this campsite is only 90 minutes away from Vancouver, British Columbia so you can see the best of the outdoors and local city life. Overlooking the Black Tusk and Whistler Mountain, your family won’t ever want to leave the peace and quiet of the campground.
Quick Tips for Family RV Travel
- Pick the right RV park or campground. Some places are more family-friendly than others. Parks and campgrounds can range from simple facilities to options that are more resort-style with swimming pools, mini golf, and clubhouses.
- Map out potential stops along your driving route beforehand. Plan strategic places to see landmarks along the way, stretch your legs, or have lunch at a beautiful overlook.
- Plan rainy day options; it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan!
- Be creative with the use of space in your RV. It can be tight depending what model RV you’re traveling in, so dedicate different spaces to transform playing, crafting, eating, and sleeping areas.
- Create a fun cleaning schedule to make sure everyone’s doing their part to keep your shared spaces clean. The benefit of having less room in the RV is that it shouldn’t take long to clean.
- Consider renting your RV privately rather than from a dealer. A popular rental site is RVshare, which has all kinds of RV’s and a variety of pricing options.
With the flexibility of having your own temporary home on wheels, your family will love the memories made on your future road trip. You’ll love getting to admire some of the most stunning landscape North America has to offer, all while keeping within your budget. Simplify your next family getaway by renting an RV and hitting the open road!